Joe Biden was burning the midnight oil trying to cut a deal with moderates in his party on his big spending bill.
Several elements that were key to progressives have now been reportedly cut from the “framework” of the bill so Biden could get something passed before the big summit in Europe.
While moderates now seem as though they are all on board and the legislation is likely to get through the Senate, it faces an uphill battle in the House.
Broken Promises, Broken Hopes
Even with the bill being trimmed, there is still far too much fat spending for this bill to be considered an infrastructure bill.
As part of the trimming of the fat, some of the most significant measures removed were extended paid family and medical leave.
Reports also broke that much of the penalizing of the fossil fuel industry was tossed from the bill.
Senator Sanders (I-VT), who has been an advocate of expanding Medicare as well as family and medical paid leave, was not happy.
As the cuts were being made public, Sanders stated, “The problem is with members here who, although they are very few in number and are a significant minority, think that they have a right to determine what the rest of the Congress should be doing.”
Very ironic coming from the man that has held up more than his fair share of votes over issues that apparently only mattered to him and nobody else.
I would still suspect Sanders will support the bill in the Senate, however.
The real problem here is going to be the House, as AOC and other members of her Squad are already hinting they may boycott the vote by casting a “present” instead of a “yes” vote.
If that happens, this legislation fails.
Now, they may do what they did last time with just enough voting “present” to make a point while the legislation still had enough votes to pass, but that remains to be seen.
Pelosi has already stated the bill will more than likely be put on the floor today for a vote, so we will not have to wait too long for that.
Even so, do not start high-fiving each other just yet, as some words from Senator Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) offer just a hint of deceit in what is going on here.
The plan by Democrats is to put a piece of legislation on the floor for a vote that has only framework, no actual text.
So, if the bill passes, regardless of what they are telling us now, they will surely put provisions in there that do not belong and categorize it in a way that makes it a part of something else.
To that point, Gillibrand stated, “Until the bill is printed, I will continue working to include paid leave in the Build Back Better plan.”
These people are snakes, so you better believe they will continue to push this and somehow, someway, regardless of what they are telling us now, these provisions will still probably find their way into this legislation.
Just watch the uber-progressives in this party because if they vote “yes” with a smirk on their face, you know something nefarious is afoot.